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A huge welcome from all our trustees to our site for SASW Trust. Depending on who you are and how you ended up reading this, here's three sections that should help you find what you're after. Enjoy browsing!
Go to Charity Supporters & Volunteers

Charity Supporters & Volunteers

Enter our Charity Supporters & Volunteers section to find our news of our local work and the various ways to support, pray and join in.

Go to Schools Information & bookings

Schools Information & bookings

Enter our Schools Information & Bookings section for school staff to discover what we have to offer local primary and secondary schools.

Go to “Safe Space” – Dedicated Youth Site

“Safe Space” – Dedicated Youth Site

If you’re a young person who connects with our work (or would like to) through local Safe Spaces in schools, then select here to enter our dedicated youth site: safes.uk

About

We are a Scripture Union Local Mission Partner working in partnership with the Pais Movement, and set up in 1999 by churches and Christians in Southport and Formby, who wanted to serve their local schools.

For two decades, the majority of schools across Southport, Formby and surrounding areas have benefitted through assemblies, lessons, presentations and extra-curricular clubs and activities. These have been delivered by our employed schools worker, a team of local church volunteers, a Pais Project team of gap year apprentices, and most recently a part time sports ministry leader.

Our aim is to see this work continue, grow and develop through working in partnership with local schools and local churches, in order to see that great impact across Southport in the years to come, which is very much in our hearts and prayers.
“Light, Faith and Mission with an Emerging Generation”

- David Taberner, Schools Worker

Our Aims:
+ To contribute to the educational, moral and spiritual development of young people by working in partnership with teachers, youth leaders and other schools workers.
+ To work alongside teachers and their students to help develop an understanding of God’s presence and purpose in their lives.
+ To be a friend and resource to schools and colleges, Christian teachers and students.
+ To empower and equip young people to be a strong positive Christian influence in there schools.

In doing so the Trust will be:
+ Interdenominational
+ Representative of the churches in Southport & Formby.

What we do in schools:

Primary Schools

We are connected with most of the primary schools in Southport, Formby and the surrounding areas.
We will often go into schools and present an assembly covering a variety of topics such as Bullying, Getting on and falling out, Achieving Goals. This is usually done in a fun way using drama, music and other creative means.
We run a series of clubs, either at lunch time or after school, called the Awesome Club, where we teach ‘awesome skills’ based on the fruits of the Spirit found in Galations 5:22.
Our ‘Good Show’ project calls on a large group of volunteers and offers 3 presentations to the schools each year, one each term.
• A pantomime style dramatic presentation looking at the real meaning of Christmas
• A large-scale Easter presentation in the style of Mission Impossible, for which SASWTrust is renowned for.
• A presentation called Moving On for year sixes moving into high school.

Secondary Schools

As Christian workers and volunteers, we aim to create a safe time and place in local schools to explore the big issues of life and faith.
We currently do this weekly through being a presence at lunchtimes, through our ‘Safe Space’ lunchtime drop-ins, with games, discussion, a ‘Three Minute Thought’ and online engagement.
We cover assemblies in high schools for various year groups on topics such as Love, Faith, Peer pressure, anti-bullying and so on. We often expand these topics into workshops, ran either by ourselves, or bought-in national Christian projects.
At times, we will be asked to cover lessons (usually RE) and look at a variety of topics from a Christian view – points such as “What is Christianity?” “Why is the Bible relevant today?”, etc.
Our charity staff have worked with numerous volunteers, apprentices from the Pais Movement, and local church youth workers in order to best serve the local secondary schools’ needs, working with them to boost their statuary provision of spritiual, moral, social and cultural education.
Our work in schools extends into the rest of the community through our network of churches and youth work throughout the area. We are keen to mobilise the local Church more in this way, and our two experienced workers are available to anyone who wishes to explore this further.

OUR TEAM

We have a dynamic & active team, with a broad range of skills, coupled with a community of very generous volunteers.

David ”Tabz” Taberner

Schools Worker
David Taberner works full time for us and is also particularly involved in the Southport Methodist Circuit as a preacher as well as other churches and inter- church projects, such as Street Pastors, Christians Against Poverty, Sonfest and Southport Prayer. He’s been rather well educated in civil engineering and project management, but through a growing passion for young people and the Kingdom, he found a calling to our ministry five years ago. He also leads our local youth leaders’ forum, is a semi-pro musician, goes more casually by the name “Tabz”, and has a slightly characteristic hairstyle! (His wife is a lot cooler though!)

Hettie Taberner

“Good Sport” Coach and Programme Co-ordinator
Hettie Taberner is Tabz’s wife and moved to Southport in May 2017 taking up our post as pioneer of our Good Secondary Schools As Christian workers and volunteers, we aim to create a safe time and place in local schools to explore the big issues of life and faith. We currently do this weekly through being a presence at lunchtimes, through our ‘Safe Space’ lunchtime drop-ins, with games, discussion, a ‘Three Minute Thought’ and online engagement. We cover assemblies in high schools for various year groups on topics such as Love, Faith, Peer pressure, anti-bullying and so on. We often expand these topics into workshops, ran either by ourselves, or bought-in national Christian projects. At times, we will be asked to cover lessons (usually RE) and look at a variety of topics from a Christian view – points such as “What is Christianity?” “Why is the Bible relevant today?”, etc. Our charity staff have worked with numerous volunteers, apprentices from the Pais Movement, and local church youth workers in order to best serve the local secondary schools’ needs, working with them to boost their statuary provision of spritiual, moral, social and cultural education. Our work in schools extends into the rest of the community through our network of churches and youth work throughout the area. We are keen to mobilise the local Church more in this way, and our two experienced workers are available to anyone who wishes to explore this further. Sport Ministry. She is originally from Burnley, where she was a Kids Pastor for a large church alongside her Children In Need funded youth work job managing young volunteers on one of the 10 most deprived areas of the UK. Hettie is a qualified football coach, has played for two women’s teams, is a great singer, 83% extravert, and still manages to be way cooler than Tabz!

The Volunteers

Being incredible!
We couldn’t do what we do without an amazing bunch of people who volunteer upfront and behind the scenes to make the work of our charity so effective. Our vision is huge and needs to see the whole Church equipped to stretch across their communities to see this come to fruition.

Recent highlights from the team on social media:

One of last week's highlights from Tabz: "Last week was mostly full of planning for these coming weeks and some projects in the new year, but a regular visit to the inter-church community youth project in Ainsdale, "Impact Xtra", was a great reminder of what all the efforts are for. Numbers of young people growing, others inviting their friends, yet others starting to serve in local churches in the village. Many regulars have been there for a long time, since our work with them back in primary school, and now are beginning to explore Youth Alpha. So grateful to God for the opportunity to see first hand how much young people appreciate authentic people from the local Church sticking with them for the long haul, growing relationships and journeying with them through each step of their journey. Our youth ministry hero of the week = (sort-of) retired primary teacher, Linda Davies!" ... See MoreSee Less

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One of last week's highlights from Hettie: "It has been a lot of fun this week planning our upcoming Christmas production for the Primary Schools, sharing the hope that Christmas brings and the challenge that little people can change the world! Don't worry, we'll do a showing outside of School for adults to enjoy too!" ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago  ·  

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A quick chance to meet some of our Message Trust friends if you're around next week! - mailchi.mp/9ec6125c24a7/a-chance-to-meet-some-of-our-message-trust-friends-if-youre-around-next-week ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago  ·  

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One of last week's highlights from Hettie: "Last week was half term which gave me time to read a brilliant book recommended by a great local Headteacher (well, not quite finished it yet as I was making notes). It has been a really helpful read in terms of being proactive and changing our response to children and young peoples behaviour in order to get the best out of them. I'm excited to read the rest of it!" ... See MoreSee Less

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One of last week's highlights from Tabz: "Last week saw a great evening to support and be a part of a secondary school concert with the Pearl of Africa Children's Choir. The choir are from a charity set up by Christians providing schooling and care for orphaned Ugandans, and the songs the choir sing are very clearly gospel songs of praise and worship. With all that in mind, staff at the school went out of their own way to chase down the choir for a concert this year, in order to support their cause and to provide an incredible cross-cultural experience for their students and the wider community. Before the concert I was able to spend time with some of the students as they stuck around at school to welcome the choir as they arrived early. The students blessed the visiting choir with their own private performances from the school dance groups, samba band, and solo musicians, all followed by a massive dance-off and 5-a-side footy match: England v Uganda (we lost!) It was amazing to see young people from such different backgrounds interact together, and the choir said they had never had such a reception as that. As guests arrived and the concert began, I reflected on how incredibly evident the enthusiasm and passion for worship was in the choir's singing and vibrant dancing, and all in a way that hundreds of others could appreciate and engage with regardless of prior faith convictions." ... See MoreSee Less

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